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Local State of Emergency declared due to flooding in Ottawa County

Posted at 5:51 PM, May 17, 2020

ROBINSON TWNP. — With the large rain totals in the forecast over of the past few days and a flood warning in effect, the Ottawa County Emergency Management has declared a local State of Emergency to assist in coordination of additional resources.

Ottawa County is currently experiencing inland flooding caused by heavy rainfall. In addition to the inland flooding, the Grand River is projected to reach minor flood stage by Monday morning and a Flood Warning has been issued in area of Robinson Township until Sunday, May 24.

The Grand River is expected to crest around 14 feet later this week. The office of Emergency Management continues to urge residents to take measures to limit any damages to their property from flooding.

If you are experiencing damage from this flood event please complete a damage assessment by filling out the form on this link.

As of 1:00 pm, the United State Geological Survey on the Grand River was reading 12.7 feet. The county drains and smaller creeks are very full and have heavy flow.

Expect standing water in low lying and flood prone areas, flooding near the Grand River to begin this weekend and into early next week.

Ottawa County advises residents to contact 2-1-1 for non-emergency assistance or to report damage Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. To request non-emergency assistance or report damage over the weekend, contact the non-emergency number at Ottawa County Central Dispatch at 1-800-249-0911.

Those concerned are advised to continue to monitor radio, Ottawa County Emergency Management’s Facebook page, and other public safety resources for information.